MV Agusta returns to world podium after 37 years

Publish Date: 
May 28, 2013

VARESE, Italy - Thirty-seven years after Giacomo Agostini’s last great racing success, MV Agusta returned to the world podium this past weekend at the fifth stage of the Supersport FIM World Championship.

The MV Agusta F3 675 in the hands of the ParkinGo team came in third during this year’s Supersport debut at the Donington track in England.

After qualifying poorly, racer Roberto Rolfo started 16th on the grid and then advanced to third place. MV Agusta noted in a press release that at certain points in the race, Rolfo was the fastest rider on the track.

“I am delighted and thrilled with this first podium result for the F3 675,” said Giovanni Castiglioni, president and CEO of MV Agusta. “It has been a great challenge to bring this important brand back on the race track. The amazing thing is that this podium was conquered on the same day as the Claudio Castiglioni Memorial organized by the Lombardia Moto Club Cagiva yesterday at our plant in Schiranna. I would like to dedicate this success to my father, the man from whom we inherited our great passion for racing.”

Rolfo said: “I’m really sorry I made mistakes during the qualifying on Saturday. … I promised everyone a comeback yesterday, but even I didn’t expect this fantastic result. No doubt, it’s thanks in great part to perfect teamwork. Without them, we wouldn’t have been able to get to this level in such a short amount of time.”

Posted by Arlo Redwine. Photo courtesy MV Agusta